Month: March 2013

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Garden Township Fire Department

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that the Garden Township Fire Department will receive federal support to purchase a new fire truck. Mechanical problems with the current vehicle make it unreliable and unsafe to drive. “Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Garden Township. This rural development grant will help the fire department purchase a new, safe and reliable fire truck so they can perform their duties and protect the public,” Stabenow said. The Garden Township Fire Department will receive a $160,000 loan from the Rural Development office of the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA Rural Development programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency services and electric and telephone service. This loan will be used to help purchase a new tanker/pumper fire truck to help serve the Garden Township community. More information on USDA Rural Development funding opportunities can be found here. Bookmark It Hide...

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Governor Signs Legislation To Aid U.P. Tourist Destination

LANSING, Mich.‒ Legislation to ensure Oswald’s Bear Ranch of Newberry can continue to operate as it has for more than 15 years was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, said Sen. Tom Casperson. Senate Bill 48 amends the state’s Large Carnivore Act to allow federally licensed exhibitors to let their visitors have contact with bear cubs 36 weeks or younger or less than 90 pounds as long as other criteria in the law, including compliance with federal laws and regulations, are met. While the bill would directly help Oswald’s Bear Ranch, the provision on cub contact could also be used by other exhibitors or zoos that owned bears at the time SB 48 was signed. “Oswald’s Bear Ranch has been a staple of U.P. tourism for decades with many visitors drawn to Newberry from lower Michigan, neighboring states and around the world to see Oswald’s high class operation,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba, the bill’s sponsor. “It’s a business that offers much to the patrons who visit, the Newberry community and to the bear cubs and older bears that are very well cared for and able to live in vast natural habitats.” Last summer, after years of being approved by state and federal agencies to exhibit bears and allow photos to be taken with bear cubs, Oswald’s Bear Ranch was told by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an...

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Gov. Snyder Approves More Than $23 million in Natural Resources Trust Fund Grants for Public Outdoor Recreation Projects

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation approving $23,348,700 in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant appropriations, funding 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 43 Michigan counties. The Natural Resources Trust Fund board, appointed by the governor, evaluated 142 applications seeking $37,880,200 in funding. In a competitive process, all eligible applications were evaluated based on scoring criteria developed by the MNRTF board. Sixty-six development and acquisition grants will go to local units of government and 10 Trust Fund grants were awarded to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “Better, more accessible outdoor spaces and recreation opportunities are central to building strong communities that appeal to residents, visitors and businesses,” said Gov. Snyder. “The Trust Fund has a powerful track record of driving positive change in Michigan. That’s in large part due to the Trust Fund board’s collaboration at the local level and thoughtful evaluation of community recreation resources and needs.” The Trust Fund began with an agreement in 1976 to balance conservation with oil and gas development on state-managed land. The program replaced one non-renewable resource (minerals) with another non-renewable resource (public land) and created a permanent endowment. The Michigan Constitution requires that oil, gas, and other mineral lease and royalty payments be placed into the Trust Fund. Proceeds are used to acquire and develop public recreation lands. In any fiscal year, up to a third of all...

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Governor Makes Appointment, Reappointments To Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Commission

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced one appointment and three reappointments to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Monument Fund Commission. Created in 2004, the commission oversees the financing and design of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The Lansing monument will honor the lives of more than 500 Michigan police officers killed on duty. “This monument will serve as a testament to the honor, courage and sacrifice of the officers who gave their lives to protect their fellow Michiganders,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the commitment of these four individuals to this worthy cause.” Andrew Jackson, of Byron Center, will represent police chaplains with five or more years’ experience. He is the head of the Michigan State Police Chaplain Corps, assigned to the Rockford Post. He also is a subminister at Wesley Pary United Methodist Church. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business education teaching from Ferris State University, a master’s degree in school administration from Michigan State University and a master of divinity degree in theology from Garrett Theological Seminary. The governor also reappointed three members of the commission. Kathy Cole, of Holt, was nominated by the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association as a survivor of a county sheriff’s department officer killed while on duty. She is the administrative assistant to the Ingham County sheriff. She also is a trustee of the National Concerns of...

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Red Cross, Army Vet Help Owners Learn Pet First Aid

By Jill Jolly (USAG Wiesbaden) Capt. Ericka Carroll teaches Max Schneider how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a dog in the American Red Cross first aid class for pets held on Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne March 2. WIESBADEN, Germany (March, 2013) — Caring for a pet requires a lot more than simply feeding the animal. That’s one of the lessons several younger participants learned in the Wiesbaden American Red Cross’ Pet First Aid class. “Your pet is a part of your family,” said Capt. Ericka Carroll, a member of the Wiesbaden Veterinary Clinic staff and class instructor. “It is important to know what to do in a medical emergency in the first critical moments to make sure your pet is safe before seeking veterinary care.” About 11 people attended the March 1 class, held at the American Red Cross offices on Clay Kaserne. Students first learned how to be prepared in the case of an emergency. Carroll provided a list of supplies and information to have for a pet first aid kit in case of a medical emergency. Participants also learned what the normal vital signs are for cats and dogs. They were taught how to take vital signs, such as pulse, respiratory rate and temperature, in their pets. “Knowing what is normal is important in recognizing what is abnormal,” said Carroll. The class then went on to learn what...

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